- The Washington Times - Monday, December 9, 2019

The NHL recognized Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson with the “First Star of the Week” award for the week of Dec. 2.

The Capitals swept their California trip with wins over the San Jose Sharks, Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks last week. Carlson scored three goals (including two game-winners) and added three assists in that span, bringing his season total to 43 points, most among all NHL defensemen.

Carlson is on pace to record 114 points this season. No defenseman has reached 100 points in a season since Brian Leetch in 1991-92.

Penguins goalie Tristan Jarry and Sabres center Jack Eichel won the Second and Third Stars of the Week behind Carlson.

The Capitals are back home Monday to play the Blue Jackets, followed by a date Wednesday with the Bruins in a game that pits the teams with the two best records in the NHL.

• Adam Zielonka can be reached at azielonka@washingtontimes.com.

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